Police attached to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at the Kenema Division of the Sierra Leone Police force are currently investigating a few arrested suspects in connection with some arms and ammunitions.
According to10190 Kposowa Anslem, police constable attached to the media unit at the Regional headquarters in Kenema, a commercial Peugeot car with registration number ADM 066 driven by one Bockarie Konneh with nine passengers onboard was on its way from Bo, in the south, heading for Kenema on Thursday, August 28th, 2008.
Approaching the Bandama checkpoint, on the outskirts of Kenema, at around 5:46 p.m., the car was then searched by Lance Corporal Ngegba Edmond of the 3rd Infantry Brigade in Kenema and security personnel detailed at the check point.
During the checking, some arms and ammunition were found in the back boot of the car. Two AK 47 rifles with the barrels cutoff and seven magazines loaded with 186 rounds of live ammunition were discovered wrapped in clothes in a briefcase. The exhibits and all the occupants of the car were then taken to the police station in Kenema.
The principal suspects are Aruna Bangura of Kambia, Omaru Jalloh of 9A Mammy Yoko Street in Freetown, and Shadrak Soronndi, a Nigerian national. All three suspects are cooperating with the police investigation.
Displaying the arms and ammunitions to the press at the police station in Kenema, the Officer in Charge of OSD Kenema, ASP Francis Moses Tower, assured the press that they will continue to do everything in their power to make sure that all vehicles plying the Bo-Kenema highway that pass through the Bandama checkpoint are thoroughly searched for anything that is of police interest.
Addressing his men at the station, he called on the police officers to be polite to the public at all times, reminding them that they are “twice civilian and once a police officer.” He also cautioned them to discharge their duty in the best interest of the nation.
The arrest is now the talk of Kenema city as scores of people were visiting the police station to set eyes on the suspects. By Saffa Moriba in Kenema